Exergames can improve fitness in autistic kids

first_imgActive-play video games used for exercising can improve physical and mental fitness in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).”We think that the exertion of participating in this type of game helps to improve the neural connections in the brains of these children,” said one of the researchers Claudia Hilton, associate professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, US.The findings suggest the use of exergames —video games that are also a form of exercise —has the potential to serve as a valuable addition to therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders who have motor and executive function impairments. Executive function is the higher level of intelligence that helps us to plan and organise. It is used to redirect higher thinking when changing plans and suppressing inappropriate behaviours. It is important for being able to live independently as adults. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researcher investigated the use of the Makoto arena, a triangular shaped arena with pillars at each point, each with lights and sounds at various levels of the pillars for improving fitness of kids diagnosed with autism. Children with ASD often experience executive function and motor impairments. They also experience lower rates of physical activity than children without ASD. The findings appeared in the International Journal for Sports and Exercise Medicine.last_img

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